MisTIMBERstood: The Return of the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker


Decades of early era overharvesting and fire suppression have left many of America’s wildlife on the brink.

But the story of the red cockaded woodpecker shows us a way forward. Once on the verge of extinction due to habitat loss, this unique bird is making a remarkable comeback, thanks to the collaboration of the US Forest Service, industry partners, and other NGOs. Restoration activities, funded by sustainable commercial timber projects, have led to a 212% increase in breeding clusters since the 1970s!

By embracing balanced forest management, we not only ensure the survival of this bird but also pave the way for countless other species. It's a testament to what's possible with commitment and collaboration.


We the Forest transforms forest management through storytelling. Our approach helps forestry professionals who want to build support for responsible forest management by sharing enlightening perspectives and helping forest stakeholders find common ground. 

We are dedicated to building common ground on the many sides of the timber production conversation, showing sustainable forest-first practices can provide solutions for catastrophic wildfire prevention, bug and disease reduction, climate change mitigation, and resource stewardship.

Ensuring our forests are around for years to come is something that should be our utmost priority. Through education like this, we can come together to understand the importance of restoration and collaboration to protect our forests from catastrophic wildfire, and create a more sustainable reality. 

Transforming forest management through storytelling.

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